Rural and remote Australia is characterised by small, widely dispersed populations with limited access to primary health care services. The RFDS works to overcome this, providing regular fly-in fly-out GP, Nursing and Allied Health Clinics to rural and remote communities. Everyday the RFDS holds 55 clinics Australia wide. 

Harvey Family in front of their shearing shed

In 2019/20, the RFDS facilitated 20,134 primary health care clinics.

In many of the locations where these clinics are provided, the RFDS is the only provider of health care services. As a result, the RFDS delivers health care services to people throughout their whole lives and to generations of families. 

Primary Health Care

Primary Health Care

The RFDS provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services to regional, rural and remote Queensland communities.

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Clinics in NSW and the ACT

Clinics in NSW/ACT

Our primary healthcare services give people in rural and remote areas access to health information, early intervention, prevention and screening as well as chronic disease management.

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Rural Women's GP Service

Often women prefer to consult with a female doctor for a range of health issues. RFDS Victoria provides a Rural Women's GP service in small communities in the North West, North East and South East of Victoria.

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Doctor examining baby

Primary Health Care

Regular fly-in GP and Community Health Nurse clinics are conducted to remote stations and communities from our Port Augusta Base fortnightly. Primary Health Care Services are also available from RFDS Port Augusta Base to those in living, working and travelling in remote SA and at RFDS Health Services in Marree, Marla and Andamooka. These clinics are staffed by Remote Area Nurses and supported by a modern, fully-equipped 4WD ambulance service.

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Di Murphy RFDS, Lottie Birley, Madeleine Tatnell and Ruby Tatnell

Primary Health Care in TAS

The vision of RFDS Tasmania is to improve health outcomes for all Tasmanians with a specific focus on remote and rural areas.

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Rural & Remote General Practice Clinics in WA

The RFDS in Western Australia provides fly-in, fly-out General Practice health care to people living in rural and remote areas across the state, with over 350 GP clinic sessions and 850 facilitated clinic sessions each year.

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Clinic catchup: Tibooburra

"Having access to a GP service through a clinic can mean early detection, and treatment," says Alison. "This can save lives in remote communities, as well as avoid emergency retrievals which can occur if things go untreated to the point that they escalate."

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